Right when we think technology could not get anymore advanced and exciting than it is, someone somewhere dreams up what we think is the impossible. Today, we’re going to tell you more about tech savvy companies Microsoft and Skype, who are the dreamers in this situation.
At the Re/Code’s inaugural conference, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella and Skype’s VP Gurdeep Singh Pall unveiled a joint project known as Skype translator when they made a Skype call to a friend whose native language is German. The executives were able to understand their friend, and vice versa, through the practically real time translator.
How it works is pretty amazing; When one speaker begins speaking, the translator recognizes the spoken words and then transcribes them into text that is then voice-synthesized in the other speaker’s language after it is transcribed into text. Both speakers must set their default language as the translator does not yet have the capacity for automated recognition.
According to Mashable.com, “Skype already, by Microsoft’s measure, boasts more than 300 million active members and handles roughly one third of international call traffic.” Because of these statistics in conjunction with the globalization of the world, especially in business, it only makes sense for technology of this caliber to come to fruition.